Four priests, seven seminarians and a layman from four continents are the newest recipients of bursaries for study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
Father Paolo Rossano Aponte Chacon, 32, of Caracas is a candidate from the diocese of Carora in Venezuela. This diocese is located in an inland stock-breeding region, of whose 265,000 inhabitants 260,000 are Catholics. Father Paolo is in the third and final year of the second cycle of canon law.
Father Joaquim dos Santos Kalombe, 36, comes from the diocese of Uije in Angola’s Luanda province, where there are 3 million Catholics in a population of 4.9 million. Father Joaquim is in the first year of the second cycle of theology.
Father Titus Mburu Mwangi, 42, is a Kenyan, from the diocese of Muranga. This diocese is located in an undeveloped region close to Nairobi, the capital. Half of the region’s 1.4 million people are Catholics. Father Titus is in the final year of the second cycle of canon law.
Father Charles Light Nyarwa, 46, comes from the diocese of Fort Portal, close to the Equator in Uganda. The diocese’s 700,000 Catholics constitute close to half of the region’s population. Father Charles is in the second year of the second cycle of theology.
Pedro Jose Fortoul, 23, is a seminarian from the diocese of San Cristobal in Venezuela. This mountainous western region of the country has 1.25 million Catholics in a population of 1.5 million. The diocesan see of San Cristobal, founded in the 16th century, is a major city of 650,000 people. Pedro is at the beginning of the three cycles of theological studies.
Seminarian John George, 25, comes from Tiruvalla in south India’s Kerala state. He is in the second year of the first cycle of theology. He belongs to the Syro-Malankara rite, whose archeparchy of Tiruvalla has 38,000 adherents in a territory of 5.5 million people.
Tri Hoang Quang, 29, is a Vietnamese seminarian from the diocese of Buon Me Thuot in the country’s central highlands. He is at the start of the second cycle of theology. His home region has 200,000 Catholics in a population of 2 million.
Danny Paolo Jativa, 24, is a seminarian from the diocese of Ibarra in Ecuador. He is in the final year of the first cycle of theology. His home diocese, near Quito, the capital, has 325,000 Catholics in a territory of 340,000 people.
Jackson Thomas Koonamplakkal, 24, is an Indian seminarian in the second year of the first cycle of theology. He belongs to the Syro-Malankara rite from the archeparchy of Trichur in central Kerala. Tradition has it that the church was established in that region by the apostle Thomas in the middle of the first century AD and has an unbroken existence since that time. The region has 250,000 Catholics in a population of 480,000.
Seminarian Jeffer Ian Mina, 25, comes from the diocese of Sorsogo in the Philippines. He is in the third and final year of the first cycle of theology. His home diocese is located in southeastern Luzon. Its population of 705,000 is 80 percent Catholic.
Emerson Nazareth, 24, is also a seminarian from the Philippines. He is in the second year of the first cycle of theology. His home is Calamba City in the diocese of San Pablo, which is located in the lake district south of Manila. Its population of 2.5 million is 90 percent Catholic.
Father Julio Alberto Lagos, 42, is an American-born layman in the first year of the third, or doctoral, cycle of canon law studies. He comes from St. Louis but now is a Canadian citizen. His diocesan affiliation is the prelature of Opus Dei.
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